Testing Linux Mint Sylvia Xfce

It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? Well, I kinda sorta stopped because for one thing, it’s our peak season at FedEx, and I’ve been working crazy long, frustrating workdays learning a new route at the worst time of year to do so. And for another, my ancient old Dell really won’t run anything other than the leanest of 32-bit Linux distros anymore, which really limits what I can write about! Salix, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, LXLE, then PCLinuxOS’s Xfce edition, and most recently Linux Lite. Of these, Linux Lite remains my favorite as long as the cool tools from Unlockforus are used to make it safer and simpler. In fact I wouldn’t use any Ubuntu-based distro without those tools, except for Linux Mint, which includes most of them. Also among the favorite lightweight Linux distros above, only Slackware-based Salix will continue to support for 32-bit computers after the others have abandoned support for this older hardware.

This week a friend has gifted me with a 64-bit machine with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a speedy dual-core processor. There’s no need to run a “lightweight” operating system for now, and it came to me with the latest version of Linux Mint Xfce pre-installed. It’s already safer and more secure than a freshly-installed and updated Linux Lite system would be, in my opinion, because of that wonderful Mint Updater which prevents the installation of high-risk software and beta stuff in regular updates. And to reiterate what I’ve said probably dozens of times, putting beta software in a distro meant for newbies (and technophobes) is unconscionable and unforgivable. Linux Mint comes with that vital safety feature, plus some super cool tools like MintStick, the USB-stick formatter and writer that I find so intuitive and simple.

So, here’s a little look at my slightly customized Linux Mint Xfce, 64-bit at last!

That star at bottom left is the menu (I replaced it, it’s ordinarily the mint leaf), then a launcher for Seamonkey (effortlessly installed using Ralphy’s awesome “Unlock Me” application) and a few other frequently used applications, plus the weather and clock/calendar widgets. One other cool thing I couldn’t do with Linux Lite was move the UnlockMe icon from the desktop to the panel. In Linux Mint, I simply right-clicked desktop icon and selected “add to panel,” and done! I used UnlockMe to install Seamonkey instead of adding the Ubuntuzilla repository and that was super-amazing! It actually goes to the mozilla’s website, downloads the tarball, unpacks it and installs it in seconds. “Look, Mamma, no hands!” It’s cool that I don’t have the hassle off adding a PPA. What about updates, you say? UnlockMe handles that too. Everything I love about Lite Tweaks can be found there too, and more.

If you are a use of any Ubuntu-based distro, I would urge you to visit https://unlockforus.com and make your own system easier and safer using the awesome tools to be found there.

7 thoughts on “Testing Linux Mint Sylvia Xfce

    1. What are you using instead? Linux Mint Xfce worked pretty well on my ancient desktop until about 3 years ago… it looks like it has actually “lost a little weight” since then (this is my first look at Mint in a few years), and I know your old ‘puter has more muscle than my ancient one, now retired and awaiting assignment at a school for kids to play on


  1. Robin, how come you’re working your @$$ off for FedEx but don’t even have enough money to purchase a moderately new 64-bit computer. They are on the market since over 10 years, you know? And 8 Gigs of RAM is the absolute minimum these days.
    my Lenovo mini desktops were both pretty cheap and crunch everything I throw at them. It’s a joy, to install and test heaps of Linux systems on them, and infact better with Linux than my self-built gaming computer.

    Anyhoo, merry xmas xoxoxo


    1. LOL Orca, it isn’t that I can’t afford a new one, it’s just that I hate to throw away any perfectly good computer as long as I can keep it running and doing what I need it to do.


  2. Good ol’ Xubu! I wonder why it’s faster than Mint (Xfce) for you, Keachfan. I know Mint adds some stuff but it isn’t supposed to weigh it down.


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